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Chatelherault Country Park, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire
This is a fantastic photography location, which offers an opportunity to photograph architectural aspects as well as great panoramic and landscape shots. Chatelherault was built in 1732 as the hunting lodge and summer house for the Duke of Hamiliton. Set within 500 acres of spectacular countryside and woodland, it's often referred to as the “Jewel in the Landscape” and it's easy to see why. The building is now a visitor centre with exhibitions on the area's history, wildlife and also the story of Chatelherault itself. The house also has a large gift shop and cafe.
The hunting lodge is surrounded by photogenic topiary and set on an eye-catching hilltop site, affording panoramic views of Glasgow, Ben Lomond and the surrounding Campsie hills.
Outside, you can explore the country park along 10 miles of stunning gorge walks along the River Avon and through ancient woodland, some of which are the oldest in the country. The area is home to a wide range of wildlife including roe deer, badgers, otters, kingfishers and more. Be sure to visit the Duke’s Bridge over the Avon, and Cadzow Castle, both good photography opportunities.
Visitors Centre: Monday to Sunday 10.00am - 5.00pm
Lodge House: Sunday to Thursday 10.00am - 4.30pm
Entrance to the park, car parking and visitor centre are free.